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CPD help and guidance

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a way for professional geologists to maintain and develop the standards of technical and professional competence required for their work. As well as broadening your knowledge, CPD gives assurance to your employers, and to society in general, that you are professionally competent.

The CPD scheme:

  • is solely time based on hours (no longer a weighted points-based system)
  • more encompassing: a greater number of activities are included
  • has been re-categorised with six main categories of activities.

CPD planning and recording will be required for all Chartered Fellows (ie, for Fellows with CGeol and, or, CSci) and for Fellows aspiring to Chartership. Undertaking and recording CPD is also very strongly advised for other Fellows who are professionally active. 

As before, CPD is a recursive, reflective system of: plan → act → reflect based on experiential learning 

When to record CPD activity

As a Fellow of the Society who is a candidate for Chartership you need to show, through professional practice, education, training and participation within the geological community, that you are maintaining and improving your professional competency. You also need to demonstrate that you are committed to maintaining your CPD throughout your career.

You can do this by recording any activities you undertake which improve and develop your skills. There are a range of activities which contribute to your CPD, from attending conferences to developing your business skills. We encourage a Plan-Act-Reflect approach. Outline your aims and objectives for each year, record the CPD activities undertaken and reflect on what you achieved (learning outcomes).

CPD doesn’t end once you have achieved Chartership. In order to maintain your chartered status, you must continue to record CPD activities throughout your career.

To find out more about Chartership, see the Chartership Page.

Recording CPD activity

You can record your CPD activities in the new online MyGSL portal. Login and navigate to 'Manage CPD' from the MyGSL home page.

  • Once on the ‘Track your CPD’ page, you will see an overview of your CPD terms, your target hours based on your employment status (which can be edited in your profile), and target and graph visual. You can also check a box to notify us if you are recording your CPD elsewhere.
  • To start recording activity, you will first need to add at least one ‘Personal Development Goal’. Click or tap the ‘Personal Development Goal’ button, then add a title and description, and save the goal.
  • To add an activity, follow the ‘Add Activity’ button. Once on the 'Add Activity' page, you will see a series of checkboxes and fields where you will be able to associate the activity with your personal development goal, and then add dates, description detail and relevant documents
  • It’s possible to add more than one goal, and add more than one activity against each goal.
  • You can view the activity logged by clicking the down arrow on the right hand side of the personal goal in the ‘Your personal development goals’ panel. You can also edit or delete the activity detail.
  • The graphs and targets on the page update each time an activity is added so you can see progress. 
  • To add an overall reflection for the year, click or tap 'Add' in the 'Your overall reflection for CPD Term YYYY' panel at the bottom of the 'Track my CPD' page

If you have recorded CPD using the previous online system (pre 2016), your activity will be available on your record in a read only format.

Recording CPD hours

It is recommended that you record at least 90 hours of CPD for each year. A minimum of 30 hours must be from On-the-job-learning. The remaining 60 hours* (= 90 - 30 hours) of CPD should be spread across at least 2 of the other 5 new CPD categories. View CPD categories and activities (see regulations R/FP/13 section 5.2)

Making a start

Start by outlining your aims and objectives for the year, record your CPD activities and at the end of the year add an annual review and reflect on what you achieve.

Each CPD activity should have:

  • the date of the event
  • the CPD category
  • a brief description of the event, including a note of the provider (if it is a course)
  • the number of hours spent
  • any evidence of participation, ie, keep a record!

Your completed CPD should have:

  • a statement of planned goals and objectives
  • a table for recording all CPD events
  • a summary of hours gained in each CPD category
  • a short reflection on what was achieved
  • an indication of which objectives were not achieved, and why
  • a brief discussion of events undertaken that were not in the plan

Activities are now calculated based on hours. The weighted points based system no longer applies.


A proportion of Chartetered Geologists are selected each year for an audit of their CPD records, in order to ensure that all CGeols are maintaining their records. If you are selected, you will be required to present a written account of your CPD activities.

Other forms of Chartership

If you are a Chartered Scientist, you are required by the Science Council to confirm annually that you are maintaining your professional standards, using your CPD records. The Society takes responsibility for CScis who are also our Fellows, through our forthcoming online recording scheme and annual audits.

We also provide this service for those who hold the European Geologist title (EurGeol), in accordance with the requirements of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG).


The CPD scheme is designed to take into account changes in your working patterns which may make it difficult or impossible for you to meet the usual targets set out. (For details, see regulations R/FP/13 section section 5.3 table.1)

Are you using an alternative scheme?

If you are using an alternative scheme to record your CPD (e.g. through your employer) please inform us by email You will need to repeat this for each year that you are using an alternative scheme.


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